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Georgia-Pacific History

From the time we were founded in 1927, Georgia-Pacific has never stopped growing. We started in a single building in Augusta, Georgia, and now have more than 300 Georgia-Pacific locations around the world. Through all the ups and downs of the past century, we have kept one eye on tomorrow, watching for opportunities to grow with customers and expand into new industries and markets.

HISTORICAL TIME LINE

1927a
1927

Founded in Augusta, Georgia, as Georgia Hardwood Lumber Company, a hardwood lumber wholesaler.

1927b
1927
Operated five sawmills in the South.
1941_1945
1941-1945

Was the largest supplier of lumber to the U.S. armed forces during World War II.

1947
1947

Went west for the first time, acquiring a facility in Bellingham, Washington.

1948
1948

Became known as Georgia-Pacific Plywood & Lumber Company.

1949
1949

Listed on the New York Stock Exchange with sales of $37 million.

1956
1956

Changed our name to Georgia-Pacific Corporation.

1958
1958

Created The Georgia-Pacific Foundation community investment arm.

1963
1963

Entered the tissue business for the first time.

1968
1968

Exceeded $1 billion in sales.

1969
1969

Donated California redwood groves, valued at more than $6 million, to the public.

1973
1973

Surpassed $2 billion in sales, doubling the business in five years.

1982
1982

Moved our headquarters from Portland, Oregon, to Atlanta, Georgia.

1988
1988

Created the Georgia-Pacific Foundation Scholarship program for employees' children.

1992
1992

Became the first forest products company to reach the OSHA Star Level for exemplary safety programs.

1993
1993

Entered into a first-of-its-kind agreement with the Dept. of Interior to protect endangered red-cockaded woodpecker on co. lands.

1994
1994

Published our first environmental and safety report to publicly track performance.

2000
2000

Acquired Ft. James Corp. & consumer brands Brawny®, Quilted Northern® and Dixie.

2002
2002

Celebrated our 75th year in business.

2003
2003

Topped $20 billion in sales.

2005
2005

Acquired by Koch Industries to become a privately held, wholly owned subsidiary.

2006b
2006

Launched the Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade to financially support volunteer and small town fire units.

2006
2006

Reached one million hours with zero lost-time incidents in six Georgia-Pacific locations in the U.S. and Europe.

2009
2009

Earned the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® President's Award & the U.S. EPA SmartWay Environmental Excellence Award.

2010a
2010

Completed the purchase of the Alabama River and Alabama Pine pulp mills, located in Perdue Hill, Ala., from Parsons & Whittemore.

2010
2010

Completed the purchase of Oriented Strand Board (OSB) facilities from Grant Forest Products.

2011
2011

Moody’s upgrades Georgia-Pacific to "investment grade".

2012
2012

Completed the sale of our EMEA business to SCA.

2012_Sandy
2012

GP sends truckloads of products to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts through Convoy of Hope & Feed the Children. 

2013a
2013

Celebrated the opening of the new oriented strand board facility in Clarendon County, S.C. and the 130 new local jobs it created.

2013b
2013

Completed the acquisition of Temple-Inland Building Products assets adding more than 1,800 employees across eight states.